Ambassador profile


  Name: Carlos Otero
  Function: President of Renatur; Director of Aproca Madrid
  Country: Spain
  Tel: +34 91799 0520

Organisation profile


  Organisation: APROCA and RENATUR
  www: None
  Tel: +34 91799 0520
  Established: 1970-1990
  Category: NGO
  Number of staff: 15
Site profile
  Site name:

Estate La Jimena


Navas del Rey, Madrid, Spain

  Land area:

200 ha

  Nearest urban settlement:

Navas del Rey, Madrid

  Natura 2000 ID: (LIC) ES3110007 "Cuencas de los ríos Alberche y Cofio".
(ZEPA) ES 0000056 "Encinares de los ríos alberche y Cofio".


  Annual visitor count:

10-15 visitors

  Majority of visitors from:


  Site description:

The estate "La Jimena" is situated in the southwest of Madrid. The successful management of "La Jimena" is carried out through combining the conservation status of the natural habitat with good wildlife conservation and cynegetic activities. The landscape is the typical tree-covered pasture (open forest) with Evergreen oak (Quercus ilex) and Stone pine (Pinus pinea).


Priority species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
A405 Aqhila adalberti Imperial eagle
  A079 Aegypus monachus Black vulture
  A030 Ciconia nigra Black stork
  A091 Aquila chrysaetus Golden eagle
  A087 Buteo buteo Buzzard
  A078 Gyps fulvus
Griffon vulture
  1362 Lynx pardinus Iberian lynx
  Oryctolagus curiculus Wild rabbit
  Vulpes vulpes Fox
    Sus scrofa Wild boar
All habitats
  Habitat code Common / local name
  (LIC) ES3110007 "Cuencas de los ríos Alberche y Cofio"
  6310 Holm oak wood of Quercus suber and/or Quercus ilex
  (ZEPA) ES 0000056 "Encinares de los ríos alberche y Cofio"
  9340 Quercus ilex ssp ballota forest
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←       → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Imperial Eagle Conservation Programme

The conservation programme is based on the beginning of a directed improvement to promote the habitat and population of the Imperial Eagle.

The main improvements are:

- Wild rabbit restocking.
- Red-legged partridge restocking.
- Measures directed at the improvement of the rabbit and partridge populations. Such measures include sowing, water point, feeder, etc…


Necrophagues feeding place

The main goal is to provide food to the populations of necrophagues birds present in the zone: griffon vulture, black vulture, imperial eagle, kite, etc…

The feeding place will be between 1-20 hectares and will be located in a cleared and elevated place. It will be accessible to facilitate maintenance.

The carcass of a cow will be placed in the feeding area. The carcass will receive a veterinary check every 15 days.


Reintroduction of rabbit

Total: 200 rabbits per year.

The reintroduction will be near to the sowings, and the wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) will be vaccinated to improve the current populations.
It is essential to implement two complementary measures next to the wild rabbit reintroduction area. These measures include the creation of stone warrens and warren of branches and firewood.

The artificial stone warrens faithfully reproduces the natural "stone warren", giving shelter and protection not only to the rabbit, for which it is designed, but also to many other species.
The "stone warren" is an stone construction set directly over a more or less circular shape.
The construction begins with the excavation of the land to about 15-20 cm deep, and over a circular area of about 8-10 meters in diameter.
The material for the construction of the stone warrens is collected on-site, using old flat stones and loose rocks from accumulations of previous agricultural land clearing.

Photo credit: Rosa Cámara
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000




  Event frequency


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Communication literature produced


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity
With APROCA MADRID (Madrid's Landowners Organisation) and Imperial Eagle Foundation.


Site management profile
"La Jimena conservation plan"
  Key site management issues:


  • Conservation of landscape
  • Conservation of flora
  • Conservation of wildlife
  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


Natura 2000 is not integrated in the overall site management.


  Key site management objectives:


  • Conservation of imperial eagle
  • Conservation of black and griffon vulture
  • Conservation of eagle owl
  • Restoration of rabbit population
  • Management of visitors/poachers
  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Local municipality
  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


Methods carried out:

  • Creation of 30 ha of crops and grasslands
  • Building 52 rabbit dens
  • Reintroduction of 250 rabbits
  • Creation of 4 water points
  • Creation of 2 survey points
  • 1 gamekeeper
  • Building 6km of 2m high fence
  Results of action and activities:


Population of rabbits increased to 1000 in 16 months, daily presence of imperial eagle and eagle owl and golden eagle.



  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


Euros 90,000 + Euros 36,000 (2006-2007)

Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


Less than Euros 12,000 per year


  Budget reserved for communication:


Approx Euros 9,000 per year


  European funding:




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